Thursday, February 14, 2013

Dumb Memes Continues...

So I hear a lot for gun rights people since Newtown, the gun fanatics are getting desperate and paranoid. I don't blame them. People are starting to realize how dangerous many gun owners are. They're taking a serious look at gun violence and what is causing it. They see that the recent gun rampages have been committed by people who got guns LEGALLY and are appalled at this fact.

The gun fanatics are fighting back by buying more guns and putting out info, false and otherwise saying why an armed society is a safe society. They also have embraced people they think are heroes whom gun control advocates and the mainstream finding appalling.

They make heroes out of people who are good at using guns at what they do best....kill.

Here's a meme that is going around right now...

Why is it dumb? Well, first of all it makes a hero out of a person whose main achievement in life is his ability to kill people with a long range gun without them knowing it. A skill shared by the DC Sniper who was executed for having these same skills. In other words it's not a skill that is admired in civilian life.

Chris Kyle was a man who was in the Navy SEALS and was sent to Iraq to fight in Bush's war against Saddam Hussain. A war of course we had no reason to be in. He was skilled at shooting Iraqis including women who were protecting their country from invaders from a long distance. So skilled and effective he was, He signed up for three more tours of duty. Officially he killed 160 people but he says he killed at least 250. A lot of serial killers say the same thing. But I digress, This guy's a HERO.

The problem was that not enough people didn't know he was a hero. So he wrote a book talking about his exploits. Reality TV came a calling after that and he got on his own show. He became a celebrity among the war cheering gun fanatics around the country. Kyle in his civilian life never strayed from his military ways. He ran a company that provided training for military, law enforcement, and civilians, as well as private security and protection.

So how did he die? Well, He died on the gun range. He and his friend were shot by a man who he thought needed to at a shooting range in order to help him with his PTSD. Another senseless act of gun violence that continues at an alarming rate in this country. Now if only Kyle was armed.......oh wait.

So being armed at a place where everyone was armed didn't save him. And yet he was a skilled marksmen. Kyle probably felt safe in a gun range surrounded by armed people. Then again, He used a tactic many criminals do, Which is to shoot without giving them a chance to defend themselves. Never actually in defense. The meme says he was murdered in cold blood. He was armed. He had a chance. That's not cold blood.

Which brings me to another part of the meme. The part where it seems to be a problem that President Obama didn't mention his name at any time. Why should he? Did Bush mention all the soldiers that died in Iraq by name? Did he mention all those who committed suicide after they came back?

Kyle was a Navy SEAL whose exploits are not meant to be made public. That is military protocol. President Obama mentioning Kyle's exploits would violate that. Also, he died a senseless death by an armed gunman, A military hero if you would while Kyle was armed. Any mention of his death would be a rallying cry for more gun control, the uselessness of getting guns to protect ourselves and the shameful way we're treating our military personnel after they get back from war. The guy needed treatment not guns. I don't think that's what the maker of the meme wants. Kyle made a truly foolish decision that led to his death. Live by the gun, died by the gun.

And foolish decisions led to the death of Whitney Houston. She was a well known pop star who inspired many more Americans with the singing of one song in the 1991 Super Bowl than Kyle could ever hope to inspire in his lifetime. However, She had her demons. She was basically a junkie and died drowning in a tub because of her drug habits. A sad end to a tumultuous life of extreme highs and lows. Many people remember the highs, Including the Republican governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie. HE was the one who ordered the flag flown half staff in New Jersey, The state Whitney Houston was born in. It's a common practice to do so in states when a beloved individual dies. President Obama did NOT order flags flown at half staff. That's just a lie put out by the racists who put this meme out there.

Oh, did I offend anyone who is cheering this meme? Sorry, But it IS racist. President Obama gets accused of being a racist all the time, A lot of it based on lies they wish to be true. And this is one reason this meme is racist. Another reason it's racist is that it picks a black woman to contrast the exploits of a white man who they consider heroic. They only mention her death as her life time achievement and forget all the joy she gave to close to a billion people on this planet, The success she had as a performer, The patriotic fervor she inspired when she sang the "Star Spangled Banner" for Super Bowl XXV, and the movie roles that will live on forever. Whereas with Chris Kyle it was a lifetime of achievements which pointed his death as not being in his control to prevent. He helped set up his own death. The unflattering photo of her feeds into the stereotype of a black junkie and is not only racist but sexist too.

And look at the "flattering" picture of Chris Kyle. It's very disturbing to pretty much any rational person who would see it without knowing who it was. It's the "Lee Harvey Oswald" pose with a deadlier gun. A guy who looks like he'll shoot you dead if you let your dog loose and he walked on his property. His arms look like it had a little help from 'roids which may send him on a rage against his neighbors. Many shooters have a picture like this on hand after they do their deadly shooting spree. If Trayvon Martin's killer was portrayed in a picture like this it would be considered out of line. But this... This is the meme maker's idea of what a hero looks like. This is the pictures racists groups use to let people now they're not gonna take it anymore. I found this picture on many web sites when I was trying to locate the origin of this meme. Some of the top web sites in the google search were so racist, It freaked the hell out of me.

Anyway, to wrap up, It would not be in Chris Kyle's interest to have President Obama mention his name. It would only serve to further the call for limiting gun use in this country. Plus, Get your facts straight. President Obama did NOT order flags flown at half staff, It was Chris Christie, A white male Republican.

Ahhh, But these factually challenged memes will continue because right wingers don't let facts get in the way of how they feel except if you get little details wrong about particular guns.


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Jack Bartlett said...

You're quite the special fucktard, aren't you? You think you'd be sitting there, about to delete my comment like you did to the last two, if it weren't for people who "prided themselves on their vicious skills of lethal marksmanship"? And what about those who he saved? Who's more qualified to judge him as a greater hero than some pop star: you, or the soldiers he saved? Or rather, any soldier ever? One of those choices calls him the greater hero. Your commentary of this meme.... I'm at a loss to comprehend your stupidity. Sorry for my lack of ablitity to see your point. Lol, she "inspired" you. She "inspired" millions. Chris Kyle saved hundreds of lives, while defending millions. Which is greater? Obviously the former to you. To each his own. I hope you leave this here, to supplement your biased trash with mine.

(attempted) Unbiased Debater said...

I did some research and found out that Whitney Houston was a talented singer. "Hero"? Wouldn't quite say that. (BTW, Everything I say has no racial bias.) But she was talented. Chris Kyle was a sniper who killed TERRORISTS to save countless amounts of lives. He was defiantly a hero. And I agree with you... Partially. The portrayal of Whitney Houston in this "Meme" was highly biased. Whitney was a beautiful woman. This was most likely just a "Bad Hair Day" sort of situation. The description was biased too: There was known evidence she drowned herself, but she did consume illegal substances. And she was no "zero". She performed in front of live audiences and was popular. Kyle was also a terrific human being. But in his photo he doesn't look like "he would kill you if you let your dog wander into his yard" he look like a responsible gun owner. He also was showing good trigger discipline. However, both the meme AND the post are highly biased. One shows "White supremacy" and the other shows "Black Supremacy" when both sides are equally strong. In fact, I think most of these "Good Guy, Bad guy" side memes are STUPID. Some are funny, yes, but some are STUPID.
Oh, and by the way: allow the other person's comments to be seen. You kiiiiiinnnnda stoked a debate from this post.

(attempted) Unbiased Debater said...

Pardon, I wrote a mistake down: "There was evidence she drowned, but not by her own accord."

Anonymous said...

You missed a stupidity, all to common in wingnut memes, as they tend to be illiterate. The text under Whitney says she "induced" alcohol, drugs. Perhaps "imbibed". In any event, it may seem like a minor point, but most wingnut memes have basic spelling, grammatical, and/or word usage errors... and all have logical errors. It kind of goes with the dipshit territory, which usually involves allergies to literature and a general disdain for higher learning.

Unknown said...

I agree with this guy, and though there is obvious rasicm in the meme, which was right, for the wrong reasons, I agree the soldiers who are just doing their jobs (dying on the daily to take out people who hate us for_) get waaaay too little recognition compared to atheletes and singers (people who live comfortable lives doing what they love and being...worshiped?) The meme is used, and was likely made to imply black people do nothing for this country, ignoring that, proportionally, more black people are in the armed forces, and service jobs than any other race (followed closely by hispanics) Ignoring many black inventors, etc, all in the attempt to portray us as inferior. Ive personally seen some really racist shart on google, and it upsets me because people are willfully ignorent, and refuse to believe otherwise. Same is true for you. Now I understand where you're coming from, the maker of the meme is an arse. But you crossed the line by insulting someone who literally, on dozens of occations that you will never know about, could've and would've died for you, and all you would know is that you overslept for "work" or some chit.

Unknown said...

"same is true for you" in that you are willfully ignorant